Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Stations, Rail and Systems (SRS) contract for the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension (ECWE).

The SRS contract includes the design and construction of all seven stations along the ECWE, as well as connecting the line to the existing Eglinton Crosstown LRT at Mount Dennis Station. Tunnelling work for the line began in 2022 with two tunnel boring machines (TBMs) digging east from the launch site near Renforth Drive to the extraction shaft at Scarlett Road.

“Today’s announcement is another sign of progress in delivering good, reliable transit across the city” said Olivia Chow, Mayor of Toronto. “I hope that we can soon have thousands of people filling up these stations and excited about exploring all the amazing things that Mount Dennis and the neighbouring communities have to offer.”

Stated Prabmeet Sarkaria, Minister of Transportation: “For people who depend on transit to get to and from work and other important destinations, the seven-stop Eglinton Crosstown West Extension will be a game changer, connecting commuters from Renforth to Mount Dennis, Kennedy and beyond.”

(City of Toronto)

This package of work will be procured through a progressive design-build contract model. The scope of work includes:

  • Seven new stations;
  • installation, testing, and commissioning of all rail and track components and systems equipment;
  • roadway modifications and utility works; and
  • coordination with project companies on handover items from the advance tunnelling and elevated guideway contracts.

The RFQ is the first step in the procurement process to select a team to deliver the ECWE SRS package. IO and Metrolinx will evaluate submissions to prequalify teams with the relevant experience and financial capacity to deliver a project of this size and complexity

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The Eglinton Crosstown West Extension project if No. 17 on ReNew Canada’s 2024 Top100 Projects report.

“I am very pleased to be starting procurement for the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension’s last major contract, which marks another important step toward delivering more fast, convenient transit to the Greater Toronto Area. The seven new stations we are building will bring transit closer to 37,500 more people and 23,600 jobs while making important connections to other local and regional transit routes along the way,” said Phil Verster, president and CEO of Metrolinx.

The 9.2-kilometre Eglinton Crosstown West Extension is being delivered in four separate procurement contracts. The contracts include:

  • The first advance tunnelling contract, which covers the underground segment of the line between Renforth Drive and Scarlett Road;
  • The second advance tunnelling contract, which covers the underground segment of the line between Jane Street and Mount Dennis Station;
  • The contract for the elevated guideway (managed by Metrolinx), which covers the above-ground section of the route between Scarlett Road and Jane Street; and,
  • The Stations, Rail, and Systems contract.

“With procurement starting for the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension’s Stations, Rail and Systems contract – and tunnelling progressing more every day, we’re even closer to helping people travel quickly and efficiently between Toronto, Mississauga and Etobicoke,” said Michael Lindsay, president and CEO, Infrastructure Ontario.

Featured image: Conceptual rendering of a new entrance building at Royal York Station, one of seven stations on the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension. (Government of Ontario)

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